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NEW YORK (25-Jan) -- Here at the 19th annual New Balance Games, an afternoon of fast times and close races brought fans to their feet at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory. Olympian Kim Conley set a new facility record for the women's mile with her 4:24.54 victory, while Duane Solomon captured the men's 600 meters and Lee Emanuel was king of the mile in tight finishes.

Conley's overwhelming win in the mile came as a surprise, as the Olympian at 5000m is thought of as a longer distance specialist. Yet, the 27-year-old knew she had a fast time in her legs.

"My goal was 4:24," said Conley, who ran 2:05.92 for 800 meters last week in Seattle on an over-sized track. "I didn't know that this was the race I was going to do it."

Immediately following pacesetter Stephanie Charnigo from the gun, Conley tucked in behind and passed 440 yards in 64.6 seconds. After reaching halfway in 2:10.3 --just a tad off the 2:10 requested of pacer Charnigo-- Conley felt comfortable, but also a bit baffled.

Galen Rupp named USATF Athlete of the Week

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Olympic medalist Galen Rupp has been named USA Track & Field Athlete of the Week after breaking the 5,000 meter American men’s indoor record at the Boston University Multi-Team Meet, Thursday, Jan. 16.

Rupp (Portland, Ore.), a six-time national champion, finished Thursday’s race in 13:01.26, knocking off more than five-and-a-half seconds from the previous 13:07.00 mark set by Lopez Lomong in 2013.

“The race went great,” said Rupp. “It was the first race of the season, so I was definitely a little nervous going into it. My coaches had me really prepared, and I was very happy to break an American record.”

Spearmon set to lead 300m field at Millrose Games

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NEW YORK — Two-time Olympian and world-record holder Wallace Spearmon leads a stellar Men's 300 meter field at the NYRR Millrose Games, one that showcases both Olympic and World Championships medalists. The 107th edition of the NYRR Millrose Games will be held on Saturday, February 15, at The New Balance Track & Field Center at The Armory.

Spearmon, 29, is one of the most decorated sprinters in American history, having earned World Championships medals in the 200 meters and 4x100 meter relay. A short sprint specialist, Spearmon has a personal best of 19.65 seconds for 200 meters, and has already run 20.68 this season.

"I love the 300m distance," said Spearmon. "I am ready and can't wait to race at the Millrose Games at The Armory."

Indoor broadcast schedule announced for 2014 USATF Championship Series

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INDIANAPOLIS -- The first three stops of the 2014 USATF Championship Series will be televised nationally for the second consecutive year as the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, Millrose Games and the USA Indoor Track & Field Championships air live on NBC Sports Network.

Coverage begins Saturday, Feb. 8  with the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix airing from 4:30-6 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The NYRR Millrose Games, first held in 1908, will also air on NBCSN. From 3-5 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 15, fans have the chance to watch some spectacular indoor races, including the 99th Wanamaker Mile and a competitive women’s 800m race between Mary Cain, Ajee Wilson and more.

Coverage concludes in Albuquerque with the 2014 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at the Albuquerque Convention Center for the third consecutive year. The USA Indoor Championships will serve as the selection meet for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland.

Suhr, Whiting and Gebrhiwet join Boston’s parade of stars

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A trio of 2013 world leaders and the IAAF young athlete of the year are among the latest top athletes set to compete in the 2014 New Balance Indoor Grand Prix, an IAAF Indoor Permit meeting, on 8 February.

Jenn Suhr, who last year set the world indoor record in the pole vault and went on to clear a world-leading 4.91m outdoors, returns to the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix in quest of her seventh victory here.

Suhr, the Olympic champion and world silver medallist, is undefeated in her six appearances at this meeting, where she set American records in 2009 and 2012.

The Reggie Lewis Center also played host to Suhr’s first US title in 2005 as a virtual unknown. She has since won six more US titles indoors and seven outdoors for a total of 14 national titles.